God Is Building His Kingdom On Christ The Rock
Topic: Daniel: God's Sovereignity in Challenging Times Passage: Daniel 2:26–2:44
A Recap from Sunday's Sermon
God is the protagonist throughout the book of Daniel. He let Nebuchadnezzar come to power and defeat Judah. He raised up Daniel and his friends and gave them gifts. He gave Nebuchadnezzar a disturbing dream and also gave the interpretation to Daniel.
The dream concerned an imposing figure made of varying materials including a gold head on top, symbolizing Nebuchadnezzar. However, other kingdoms would replace them until finally a stone destroyed the entire figure and then grew into a great mountain filling the earth. This stone was not made with human hands. It was symbolic of God’s eternal kingdom.
God is building his kingdom on Christ the Rock, starting small but eventually filling everything.
Jesus’ first public message was that the kingdom of God had arrived with him (Mark 1:15). He then spent three years describing and demonstrating its reality. He likened it to a tiny mustard seed, which in time grew above all the garden plants.
Unlike all other kingdoms, Christ’s reign was not gained by violence against others. Quite the reverse, it was won by laying down his life on the Cross. The kingdom grows by winning one heart at a time.
Christianity began with a fearful band of disciples, but rapidly grew following Jesus’ ascension. Estimates today number the church at 2.4 billion people, plus all the believers in bygone generations.
Jesus said his kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). It is wherever his rule is recognized and obeyed. Eventually it will be everywhere. Thus, we must not underestimate it, nor put too much hope in the lesser worldly kingdoms.
Taking It Home: Discuss the evidence you see in the world today for Christ’s eternal kingdom. Renew your own commitment to Jesus as Lord.
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